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Today in History: Monday, December  05, 2016
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On Dec. 5, 1933, national Prohibition came to an end as Utah became the 36th state to ratify the 21st Amendment to the Constitution, repealing the 18th Amendment.
Audio LinkRev. Billy Sunday condemns repeal of prohibition
 
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1776The first scholastic fraternity in America, Phi Beta Kappa, was organized at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va.
1782Martin Van Buren, the eighth U.S. president and the first to be born after the country was formed, was born in Kinderhook, N.Y.
1791Composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart died in Vienna at age 35.
1792George Washington was re-elected president and John Adams was re-elected vice president.
1831Former President John Quincy Adams took his seat as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
1848President James K. Polk triggered the Gold Rush of '49 by confirming that gold had been discovered in California.
1901Movie producer Walt Disney was born in Chicago.
1955The American Federation of Labor and the Congress of Industrial Organizations merged to form the AFL-CIO.
1994Republicans chose Newt Gingrich to be the first GOP speaker of the House in four decades.
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1996Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan questioned whether the stock market was overvalued due to investors' "irrational exuberance."
2002Senate Republican leader Trent Lott praised Strom Thurmond's pro-segregation 1948 presidential campaign. The ensuing uproar led to Lott's resignation from the Senate leadership.
2006New York became the first city in the nation to ban artery-clogging trans fats at restaurants.
2008A judge in Las Vegas sentenced O.J. Simpson to 33 years in prison (with eligibility for parole after nine) for an armed robbery at a hotel room.
 
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Today's Birthdays:
Author Joan Didion turns 82 years old today.
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NameProfessionAge
Little RichardRock singer, musician84
Calvin TrillinAuthor81
Jose CarrerasOpera singer70
Jim MessinaRock singer (Loggins and Messina, Poco)69
Morgan BrittanyActress ("Dallas")65
Art MonkFootball Hall of Famer59
Margaret ChoComedian, actress48
Cliff FloydBaseball player44
Paula PattonActress41
Amy AckerActress ("Angel," "Dollhouse")40
Frankie MunizActor ("Malcolm in the Middle")31
R&B singer Keri Hilson turns 34 years old today.
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